15 October 2017
Former JPJ deputy D-G slapped with maximum RM2,000 fine for driving offence
PUTRAJAYA: A former Road Transport Department (JPJ) deputy director-general has been slapped with the maximum fine of RM2,000 for illegally using the emergency lane during a traffic jam.
Magistrate Muhammad Zaki Abd Kudos found Datuk Yusoff Ayob (pic) guilty of the offence, after considering the testimony and submissions heard in court throughout the trial.
He handed down a RM2,000 fine, in default four months prison.
Yusoff, 58, was charged on July 18 with driving a vehicle with the plate number BLY 68 on the emergency lane in Lingkaran Putrajaya here at 6.27pm on Oct 7 last year.
The offence under Rule 53(1) of the Road Traffic Rules 1959 carries a fine of not more than RM2,000 or up to six months’ jail.
22 July 2017
Stop special treatment of lawbreaking VIPs
RTD’s Yusoff Ayob should have been severely punished for his traffic offence and for his arrogance.
If you are involved in a motor accident, you hope and pray that the emergency services can get to you on time to release you, if you are trapped in your vehicle, or to rush you to hospital for medical treatment.
That is one of the reasons for the existence of emergency lanes along our highways.
Fast forward to July 2017, and a news report enraged many Malaysians when they learnt that Yusoff Ayob, the deputy director-general of the Road Transport Department (RTD), had been let off lightly after he admitted to driving along the emergency lane of Lingkaran Putrajaya last Oct 7.
Not only has he brought disrepute to his department, especially as he was caught on film committing the offence, he sent a senior aide to represent him in court. That is sheer arrogance.
When did it become acceptable for someone accused of committing a crime to ask a proxy to take his place in court?
The implications of this deception, or misrepresentation, are wide. Ordinary people who are charged with a similar crime have to present themselves in court whether they like it or not. What makes Yusoff so special?
As a senior government official, Yusoff acted irresponsibly. What sort of message does this send to road users and the millions of young Malaysians who are now learning to drive and will soon get their licences?
Why was fined only RM600?
Why the double standard? Malaysian drivers are not known to be law abiding and there have been many calls for better enforcement of the law.
If Yusoff had to face a jail term, could he pay someone else to take his place behind bars?
To educate Malaysians, those in positions of responsibility have to set an example.
Mariam Mokhtar is an FMT columnist.
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21 July 2017
CJ directs RTD deputy DG’s case sent back to magistrate’s court
Chief Justice Md Raus Sharif has directed Road Transport Department (RTD) deputy director-general Yusoff Ayob’s traffic offence case be remitted back to the magistrate’s court.
The country’s top judge questioned how could someone plead guilty through a representative.
“Case has been sent back to magistrate’s court. How can you plead guilty by way of representation?” he asked at a Hari Raya function held at the Palace of Justice in Putrajaya today.
Federal Court registrar Latifah Mohd Tahir when met confirmed the case had been remitted to magistrate’s court and has now been fixed for mention on July 25.
19 July 2017
‘Stiffer penalties for RTD deputy DG if court knew of his post’
The Road Transport Department (RTD) deputy director-general Yusoff Ayob may have gotten stiffer penalties for driving on the emergency lane if his senior post was brought to the court’s attention.
Lawyer Syahredzan Johan said Yusoff was a senior official in the agency that was supposed to be enforcing the very same law that he was breaking, and this fact could have been raised in court as an aggravating factor in the case.
“At that particular hearing, the thing which I noticed was that the person who prosecuted the case did not actually inform the court or submitted in getting a higher sentence.
“(There are) certain aggravating factors. For example, the fact that this is actually an RTD officer – in fact a high-ranking RTD officer – so there should be a higher duty on him to ensure that he follows the law.
“As far as I’m concerned, I can’t recall any of these details being brought forward and informed to the magistrate. So, I can’t fault the magistrate for issuing that RM600 fine, because these are not things that were brought to her attention,” he told Malaysiakini when contacted.
Syahredzan was present during the proceedings against Yusoff, as he was attending another hearing that was taking place in the same court.
18 July 2017
TKP JPJ pun kena saman
Siti A’isyah Sukaimi
TIMBALAN Ketua Pengarah (Perancangan dan Operasi) Jabatan Pengangkutan Jalan (JPJ) Datuk Yusoff Ayob didenda RM600 di Mahkamah Majistret Putrajay, hari ini, atas kesalahan memandu di lorong kecemasan.
Yusoff iaitu Orang Kena Saman (OKS) tidak hadir ke mahkamah dan diwakili pegawai khasnya, mengaku bersalah melakukan kesalahan berkenaan.
Difahamkan, Yusoff tidak hadir ke mahkamah kerana menghadiri perhimpunan di Ibu Pejabat JPJ, Putrajaya.
Artikel ini disiarkan pada : Selasa, 18 Julai 2017 @ 12:39 PM
RTD deputy DG fined RM600 for driving on emergency lane
Road Transport Department (RTD) deputy director-general Yusoff Ayob today pleaded guilty in the Magistrate’s Court in Putrajaya to a charge of driving on the emergency lane.
Magistrate Nik Isfahanie Tasnim W Ab Rahman imposed a fine of RM600, or seven months’ imprisonment in default.
Yusoff, 58, allegedly committed the offence while driving the car, bearing the licence plate BLY69 along in Lingkaran Putrajaya at 6.27pm on Oct 7, 2016.
This is in violation of Rule 53(1) of the Road Traffic Rules 1959, and is, therefore, an offence under Section 119(1)(c) of the Road Transport Act 1957.
However, Yusoff was not present in court today. Instead, a person, said to be his special officer, pleaded guilty on Yusoff’s behalf.